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a pre-tax profit margin of 17. %, she said she would revisit those goals for the pretax profit margins for that unit in mid year once, again, the final acquisition or the last leg of that brokerage unit has been completed. the year over year decline in fixed income commodities and currency trading was down 42%. she said it was due to the very strong first quarter of 2012. that was due to some hejs that had helped put on for its clients. however, she did note on a quarter over quarter basis trading was up. retail activity among the brokerage clients was strong in january and february. it did taper off a little bit in march on concerns about some of the issues we saw. cyprus the big run-up in the market, et cetera. april got off to a slightly stronger start as well. she said ceo confidence when it comes to m and a, she said right now ceos are looking out to the second half of the year. there is concerns about the profit outlook there and that's holding them back a little bit. debt and equity underwriting remain strong. >> thank you, mary. a lot of information you had from that conversati
this is a phony crisis, aimed at a $1.2 trillion tax hike because federal agencies cannot get their priorities in order. we've got proof. we're going to show you something. stay with us. kudlow. i know what you're thinking... transit fares! as in the 37 billion transit fares we help collect each year. no? oh, right. you're thinking of the 1.6 million daily customer care interactions xerox handles. or the 900 million health insurance claims we process. so, it's no surprise to you that companies depend on today's xerox for services that simplify how work gets done. which is...pretty much what we've always stood for. with xerox, you're ready real business. >>> all right. first up, as airport delays mount to the faa is blaming the spending cuts sequester, forcing thousands of air traffic controllers to take unpaid leave. but republicans blame the obama administration for selectively choosing which cuts would make us all feel the most pain. take a listen to kansas senator jerry moran earlier today. >> it seems as if politics is playing a significant role in the determining what actions the faa are
at $400 a share. it's got more than $100 net cash even after paying taxes, so you're paying $3,000, any earnings down 25% from what's expected. he put a ten p-e on that and this is a very cheap stock unless you believe that earnings will decline every year from here on out. that's ahead of the case and we're not buying ahead of it because we like the position that we have, you know, but we think it's an exceptionally cheap stock at this level. >> it will be one of the most-watched numbers of the quarter. thanks so much. >> thank you. >> switching gears, they were grossly negligent in the lead up to the brokerage firm's collapse. kayla tausche has more on this story which she's been following from its earlier days. >> it seems like it's been forever, david. we're getting a 61-page lawsuit from the bankruptcy court in manhattan. it takes aim at john corzine and the coo and cfo breaching fiduciary duty as it entered a downward spiral in 2011. it seeks an unspecified amount in damages. trustees won approval for a liquidation plan. in a statement, trustee louis freeh says attempts at med med
have a worry about the consumer and tax refunds will start coming now. credit conditions support employment and certainly consumer staples look very expensive. >> what about utilities up 19% so far this year? utilities are up 16% and health care up 19%. is your money safe in there? will they continue to hold up? >> we've been overweight utilities so i'm not going to be too uncomfortable with that and that's improvement with natural gas prices and in health care it's been very much about dividends and that we saw reimbursement rates that were supposed to be cut recallier this year, and i think it's too late to be on the healthcare bandwagon. >> sectors like materials which have not been with the rally and do you think some of the underperforming sectors will catch up? >> we are worried about materials still and we have to be careful in the u.s., chemicals are 20% metals and mining and look at the s&p 500 materials sector. europe is a big problem for chemical companies and even though they have shale gas as a feed stock, the problem is 20%, 25% of their business is probably going t
. >> yeah, it has, which is good because that may counteract the effects of the payroll tax high. what about gold? let's check the commodities like gold, the ten-year. down about 7%. 7 bucks to $1414. there's been a bit of a move in sort of the euro. we want to keep an eye on that. there's your currency chart here in the ten-year treasury note. we talk about home sales. you always want to watch the ten-year treasury note. the yield right now is at 1 o.66. in corporate news this morning, japan says final permission to resume flights on boeing's dreamliner, it may come as early as thursday. that's earlier than expected. yesterday, boeing's engineers began install b reinforced lithium ion batteries on all nippon airways jets. some investment banks that have been looking to sell businesses with liquid assets in order to appease regulators and bolster balance sheets. credit suisse cited the rule last summer as a reason for exploring that sale. also, a u.s. trade panel has ruled apple didn't violate a google patent to make the iphone. if it had been found guilty, the tech giant's popular devices c
it deducted directly from their earnings through a withholding tax. david: okay. >> that would be easy way. david: come here with zero but with creative powers and eventually pay off. >> terrorist issue i think is an important one and of course we wouldn't change the rules on that. anybody coming into the united states would have to pass the same screens that they pass now as well. so, you're not going to just let someone come in here because they have $50,000 but you know, the same problems that plague us right now with people coming in for free wouldn't be any different under this system. you've got to do a good job of enforcement and you know our officials do a pretty good job of enforcement that wouldn't be solved or exacerbated by selling the slots. david: ed lazear, always thinking out of the box. great to see you, my friend. former chairman. council of economic advisors. >> thank you. david: great to see you, eds, thanks. >> thanks, david for having me. liz: this story has gotten bigger and bigger even though the markets were able to come back. first cbs, now the associated press an
. you've heard that the first quarter was tough. probably payroll tax impacted more than anything else. and small business is -- and big business for that matter is totally the flux with the obama care act and what it all means. and business is looking at part-time, that you've got to keep people under 30 hours. they don't want to employ more than 50 people. and nobody really knows how this thing is going to work. now, as far as the japanese yen, every major manufacturer in the world has made a strategic decision to produce where they sell. no manufacturer can deal with the volatility in exchange rates. and if you look at where the japanese are today compared to 10, 20 years ago, there is no comparison with let's say 80% produced in north america. so the exchange rate has been dramatically reduced as a factor in our business. and at the moment, i don't see any impact. >> okay, mike, $42. we've been friends a long time. you couldn't tell me at four bucks that that was something i should -- actually, we're not allowed to do it, anyway, but you couldn't have mentioned that back in 2008 or
talk to in the medical device field is worried about the affordable care act, the tax on medical device makers. how significant is that in your view? >> i think there's a couple ways. first of all, the fact that more patients are going to get access we think is a good thing. it's unacceptable that patients are either uninsured or underinsure. tax, yes, it has an impact. we've got to make sure it's done in a responsible and reasonable way. overall we're convinced that it's going to continue to be about innovation, about strong customer partnerships. and really when you think about now, our medical device business, particularly our orthopedics business, our size and scale, the growth opportunities here and very much so in emerging markets. so, for example, all surgery is really just about trauma surgery in emerging markets. it's not as planned. as a result what we're seeing is significantly better growth rates in some of those places. >> i love that emerging markets part of the story. because you just look at the growth numbers and you figure out what the story is. but are you going to ha
where you get this increase in volatility after tax time. and you see all the companies revising their earning forecast to temporary expectations. and so typically in the next month or two we'll have some external macro surprise that will get everyone concerned again. it's been a very consistent pattern that we do well in the fall and the early spring and then cool off and get more volatile. >> rick santelli, markets all waiting for these earnings reports this week. in the meantime among your markets, gold has bounced big today. the dollar is still flirting with 100 yen. what are you watching? what are the benchmarks you're keeping an eye on this week? >> well, you know what, i think the biggest benchmark that i'm going to pay attention to is the dax stock index in germany. it's down about 1.75% on the year. last week not only were eurozone car sales, registrations off, but germany was off in particular. i think keep it simple. i think as those auto numbers deteriorate, it's just going to exaggerate all the other weaker economies. and when you get the imf admitting that austerity
a phenomenal house in houston, no taxes, great unemployment, we've got a great house in coronado, small but fabulous, and better unemployment, 5%. okay? but i have to tell you, how do you overlook the fact that one house is 4,400 square feet in houston and the other house is only 1,000 square feet. >> that's a huge difference. >> yeah. >> so between the english manor or the cozy cottage, the winner is? >> the english manor. >> because of the size? >> exactly, it's livability. really, a thousand square feet is tough to live in. people do it, i've done it, but it's tough. >> real estate really coming back. >> this has all been real estate porn all day. >> real estate porn, all right. we will leave it there. i don't know exactly what that means, real estate porn. do you want to explain that real quick? >> people love to watch real estate. >> they do, that i get. >> and porn. >> yeah, that's one of the most successful things on the internet right now. >> exactly. always a fabulous guest and winner, dolly lenz. >>> up next, make or break for apple. the technology giant out any minute now. we
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